Welcome to Unlit, a nocturnal music blog that tunes into the best in darkwave, goth rock, dark ambient, post-punk, EBM, neofolk, cold wave, experimental, ancient revival, synth pop and more that you’d want to be listening to at 3am. As someone that has always been drawn to the dark, sad and strange, I was forever on the lookout for a resource that celebrated a variety of unlit sounds, rather than focusing on just one specific niche. Having spent a few decades in and out of the goth and industrial club scene as well, something I’ve learned in my independent, casual, random surveys is that while we may all have a darker genre drug of choice, as it were, it’s extremely rare to find anyone partaking of one type exclusively.

This idea for creating Unlit began percolating on August 2, 2019, at a Covenant concert at Catch One here in Los Angeles. Bad sound and an out of control fog machine that left the band hidden throughout, potentially at their own request, left the night better spent in captivating conversation on this very topic. A few months later, with extra special thanks to a global pandemic for providing more than enough free time and solitude to build this site, Unlit made it’s debut on March 1, 2021, casting it’s wider net of darker somber delicious sounds.

The Vogue, Seattle, WA

Who am I? As something of an “elder goth” that doesn’t love the term because it makes me sound old, I nevertheless must admit that I’ve been enjoying most of these genres since their inception. In the 1980’s in the Seattle rain I could be found on the dance floor at the Monastery, the Batcave and The Vogue. In the 1990’s and 2000’s, watching the San Francisco fog from a Victorian flat, Monday nights were reserved for Death Guild. In the 2010’s and 2020’s, now living in sunny Los Angeles, while I still love catching live bands and making the occasional appearance at Bar Sinister and Das Bunker events, I probably spend more time at home writing and listening to and exploring music – and that, dear reader, is to your advantage.

Death Guild, San Francisco

As a former Tower Records staffer both in Seattle and San Francisco I loved turning people on to new music and artists they might otherwise have missed. I’m looking forward to doing that even more here and if you discover something great here or elsewhere. you’re always welcome to let me know. My name is Philo Hagen and I hope you enjoy Unlit. If you’d like to submit something – comment on something I said – chat about music, cryptids or the paranormal – or even join me on this shadowy quest to turn off the lights in some capacity (unlit movies? books?) email me at unlit.net@gmail.com or DM me on Instagrim and I look forward to hearing from you.